If Newcastle sign Patrick Bamford it would be detrimental to Adam Armstrong's progress

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez

Newcastle United have been linked with a Chelsea player yet to really find a home.

Newcastle United's Adam Armstrong in action

According to a recent report from the Chronicle, Newcastle United are considering a move for Chelsea forward Patrick Bamford, but any deal for the 22-year-old would be surely undermine the presence of Magpies forward Adam Armstrong.

There is no doubt Bamford has proved a hit in the Championship in the past, with the England under-21 international scoring 25 goals in 61 appearances at that level during loan spells at Middlesbrough and Derby County, but that is not the kind of return that suggests he is going to take St James’ Park by storm – and certainly not for the kind of money Chelsea may want.

Norwich City's Patrick Bamford

When you consider Bamford is yet to score a top flight goal in 13 appearances, why would Newcastle sign the youngster when he looks out of his depth in the Premier League, and with a promising forward of their own who could be prolific in the second tier if given the chance?

Adam Armstrong scored 20 goals in 40 appearances on loan at League One club Coventry City last season and the time is right for him to make the step up.

Had Newcastle remained in the Premier League it would have been a step too far too soon, but following their relegation it gives manager Rafa Benitez the perfect chance to blood Armstrong at that level.

England U18's Adam Armstrong celebrates after scoring their second goal

The 19-year-old is a superb marksman and many fans will feel he could go on to surpass Bamford; so why limit his progress by bringing in the Chelsea player who is already becoming something of a journeyman?

Newcastle need new strikers, but they should be targeting a more experienced player who can score 20-plus goals next season not signing a youngster who could make less impact than Armstrong both in the short term and further down the line.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez

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